Dresden invites you to stroll and discover its magic

Many people are already fascinated by the charm of Dresden.****Your friendly hotel in the heart of the cultural capital of Saxony - Dresden. ****

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Dresden with its famous art monuments and its specific charm,  Dresden invites you to stroll and discover its sights.

Here are some proposals for you:

Dresden-Card:

The Dresden City-Card  is suited to see the sights of Dresden in 48 hours. In this time you can use all the trams and busses, which go regularly. Moreover, this City-Card is your entrance to 12 museums and exhibitions in Dresden. You will obtain this ticket and information on what it offers at our Front Desk.

Price per person: € 21,--

The Dresden-Card is also included in our arrangement Dresden arts & culture.

Paddle wheels in motion -Dampfschifffahrten:

Castle tour with the Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt (Saxon steamboat trip), which passes four  impressive castles: Schloß Albrechtsberg, Lingner-Schloß,  Schloß Eckberg and  the famous historic Schloß Pillnitz. You also have the option of making a stop in Pillnitz in combination with a tour of the castle. Tickets for the castle tour you can be obtained at our front desk. More information about special offers and the timetable  can be found here.

Price per person for the castle-tour: € 14,50

Guided Sight-seeing-tour

Round trip through Dresden by the coach "Hummelbahn"

The Hamburger Hummelbahn offers daily tours with commentaries in English. Tickets can be obtained  at our front desk.

 The great “Zwinger” palace tour: Allow yourself to be chauffeur- driven in our open- top double- decker buses and enjoy the view from on high. Our sightseeing tour of the city will take you through the exclusive residential area of Blasewitz, across the “Blaues- Wunder”- bridge and past our historical palaces on the river Elbe. The zwinger of Dresden is one of the world`s most beautiful baroque buildings which houses Dresden`s art collections. Afterwards marvel at the splendour of Saxony`s rulers in a walk over the courtyard in these world famous grounds.

The Great “Pfunds Molkerei” – tour: In the “Pfunds Molkerei” you will feel as if you have been sent back in time to the good old days. The “most beautiful milk and cheese shop in the world “ not only delights with its creative character and charm. The main building in the Bautzener Straße  was built in 1892 and is still open to the public even today. Admire not just the milk and cheese delicacies but also the artistic charm of the sales area. You will be delighted by the hand painted tiles and admire the brilliant skill of the artists of the firm Villeroy and Boch. 

Price per person: € 15,--

The Coach "Stadtrundfahrt Dresden" offers a  ticket valid 48 hours with 18 stops in Dresden. More information you can find under Programm-Highlights.

Price per person: € 26,--

Events

Many visitors to Dresden are in search of "high" or "low" culture. Due to the fact that the offer of  culture events is constantly changing and also differs in quality, we have assembled  a few  interesting links, which are are updated on a regular basis.

Semper Opera House: Dresden`s State Opera in the Semper Opera House. The page is maintained by The State Opera and therefore includes the latest news and ticket offers.

Dresdner Philharmonic Orchestra: Orchestra events in Dresden

Jazz Club Tonne: The top  address in Dresden for jazz lovers.

Dresden State Art Collections: The Dresden State Art Collections are among the most important museums presently in existence. With our altogether twelve museum institutions, we offer a thematic diversity that is unparalleled anywhere in the world.the Church of the Holy Cross

The Curch of the holy cross: Is the town´s chief Protestant Church. It can look back on a vicissitudinous history.

Die Gläserne Manufaktur: Makes the fascination of automobile production visible to the outside world.

Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche): The church of our lady opens at 30th of Octobre 2005.  There are already daily concerts and guided tours. Starting in spring 2005 you can climb up the dome.

30.10-01.11.2005 There will be free entrance to religious service and to sightseeing time. Free Sightseeing with organ music  at 30.10 from 14-16, 20-21.30 and  22.30 bis 05.00, 10:00 und 18:00 festive religious service, 31.10. starting 12:00 free sightseeing, 01.11 19:00 service and 12-17:00 sightseeing. 

Programm starting from 02th of Novembre 2005 (no reservation possible)

Dome climbing: daily

daily 10-18:00: free sightseeing

daily 12:00,Wedensday 18:00 Organ service with central guided tour

Tuesday + froday 18:00 religious service with guided tour

Additional highlights - we recommend following trips:

Saxon Switzerland

Day trip by train from the station Dresden-Neustadt to Rathen or Königstein.

Königstein: Just take your time to explore the  imposing Königstein Fortress with its wonderful panorama view. The 9.5-hectare rocky plateau accommodates more than 30 different buildings - witnesses of past centuries. You can use the Fortress Express from the town of Königstein (market place) up to the Fortress.  The return journey by "Weisse Flotte" takes its course on the river Elbe. You have the option of a stop in Rathen.

Rathen: You can cross the "Elbe"  by ferry at Rathen to climb to the rock formation "Bastei", where restaurant and hotel fascilities are located. You will have a magnificent view from the top of the cliffs. You will return by "Weisse Flotte" through the Saxon Switzerland and pass the Pillnitz Castle - a water castle owned by the Saxon royal family.

Moritzburger Hunting Castle

Enjoy one day in the imposing hunting grounds of the Saxon princes. People interested in this journey you can take the  traditional railway "Lößnitz-Dackel" from Radebeul-East. This steam and narrow gauge railway travels through  the Moritzburg lake lands, partly on elevated dikes. In Moritzburg,  sightseeing tours of the baroque hunting castle can be made. There are  interesting exhibitions in the right wing of the castle. The preserve of Moritzburg also has a  long tradition. Moreover, there is the Käthe Kollwitz memorial for lovers of fine arts. On a day trip, locals as well as visitors like to enjoy a meal in the restaurant "Adams Gasthof" in the middle of the town (Saxon cuisine). The restaurant "Waldschänke" offers gourmet cuisine for guests with high demands.

Town and porcelain factory of Meißen

The old cathedral town of Meissen is the historical residence of the diocese.  Meissen was founded in 900AD and thus possesses a remarkable old city centre. Any time of the year is the perfect time to discover this remarkable city. In the lanes, you will find cosy cafes and the public bar of the Saxon winegrower Vincent Richter. The cathedral and castle Albrechtsburg are situated on the top of a hill.  Near the city centre, you will find the world-famous porcelain factory, where you can view the production process and visit an exhibition.It was the first porcelain manufactory in Europe.

If you would like a guided tour to Meißen, you can find an offer under  Programm-highlights

A few impressions and views of  Dresden can be seen here

Dresden State Art Collections Guide / Dresden Museum Guide

The Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) number among the most prominent museums in the world. The combined holdings of the eleven Dresden museums offer the visitor a remarkable thematic diversity.

These museums originated in the collections of the Saxon electors and Polish kings. August the Strong and his son  August III were important patrons and noteworthy connoisseurs of the arts. They systematically developed cabinets of curiosities, which were accessible to select circles in their day and still form the core of the wonderful art treasures of the of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden today.

With the return of several museums to the Residenzschloss. (Royal Palace), the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden are carring on this glorious tradition, and filling the Residence of Art and Science with new life in the process. Followings in the footsteps of the Neues Grünes Gewölbe and the Kupferstich- Kabinett, the Münzkabinett and the Rüstkammer will also resume their quarters in the palace in the coming years. The historical rooms of the Grünes Gewölbe will open in September 2006. Already in the spring of 2006, the opening of the second part of the Porzellansammlung will be celebrated in the Zwinger.

At about the same time, alterations will be under way in the Albertinum. There, a suspended depot in the inner courtyard will serve to store artworks in foodproof conditions.

Information on special exhibitions and ongoing events at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden is available at: www.skd-dresden.de

Grünes Gewölbe

The Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault) is Europe`s most splendid treasure chamber. It owers its origins to August the Strong, who united his own collection of jewels and precious objects with masterpieces he inherited from the Renaissance and Baroque. Thanks to its rare examples of the goldsmith`s art, masterworks of amber and ivory, jewel garnitures, vessels made of precious stones and charming bronze statuettes- and above all the works of the court artists Permoser and Dinglinger- the Grünes Gewölbe is an unparalleled collection of art. The first phase of its re-con-struction was carried out in September 2004 with the installation of the Neues Grüne Gewölbe (New Green Vault). The Historisches Grünes Gewölbe (Historic Green Vault) will open in September 2006 on the occasion of Dresden`s 800th anniversary, once again providing visitors with the experience of the precious objects in their original presentation form as a Baroque synthesis of the arts.

Residenzschloss: Entrance: Sophienstraße, Opening hours: 10am to 6pm, closed Tuesdays Admission for: 6 Euro, reduced fee 3.50 Euro (Admission fee is already included in Dresden City Card)

 Kupferstich- Kabinett

Founded in 1720, the Kupferstich- Kabinett (Collection of Prints,Drawings and Photographs) is the oldest collection of graphic arts in the German- speaking countrie, aside from being one of the most outstanding museums of drawing, printed graphics and photographs in the world. The collection comprises more than 500,000 works dating from six centuries: exquisite holdings of Old German graphics, Dutch drawings of the fiftheenth to seventheenth centuries as well as prominent artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Kupferstich- Kabinett derives its significance from the quality and uniqueness of its artistic drawings, watercolours, gouaches, etchings, lithographs, engravings, illustrated portfolios and photographs. The study room offers all visitors the opportunity to examine the originals. 

Residenzschloss: Entrance: Sophienstraße, Study Room opening hours  Moday, Wed, Thursday   10am- 1pm and 2- 4pm

Münzkabinett

Coins, medals and bank notes are important testimonies to history. As one of the largest collections of its kind, the Münzkabinett (Coin Cabinet) is a museum of European significance. Its holdings comprise some 300,000 objects- dating from antiquity to the present- including coins, medals, decorations, bank notes, historical bonds, seals, coin and medal dies and numerous coinage devices. A special focus of the collection is on Saxon coins and medals, which serve as an outstanding reflection of the history of the region. There is at present no permanent exhibition of the Münzkabinett`s holdings, but special exhibitions are presented in the Hausmannsturm (one of the palace towers) in the summer months. The library and study room remain available for use.

Residenzschloss, Library and Study Room opening hours Wednesday 10am to 5:30pm

Special exhibition in the Hausmannsturm: April to October, 10am to 6pm daily Closed Tuesdays

 Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

 The Gemäldegalarie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery) owes its world renown to the outstanding quality  of its paintings. Among the primary focuses of its holdings are Italian painting of  the Renaissance- as exemplified by major works of  Raphael, Giorgione and Titian – as well as works in the Mannerist and Baroque styles. Of equal significance is the collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings of the seventeenth century with works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rubens and Van Dyck.

The gallery moreover presents major works of Old German and Old Dutch painting by artists such as Jan van Eyck, Dürer, Cranach and Holbein. Splendid paintings by Spanish and French artists of the seventeenth century are also to be found in the collection. In addition to the quality of the holdings, the spacious setting provided by the Semperbau (Semper Building) as well as its magnificent furnishings meet the highest standards of excellence. Hundreds of thousands of art admirers are drawn to this picture gallery every year.

Semperabau, Zwinger Opening hours: 10am to 6pm, closed Mondays Joint admission for Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister and Rüstkammer: 6 Euro reduced fee 3.50 Euro, Admission Fee already included in Dresden City Card

Rüstkammer

The Rüstkammer (Armoury) is one of the world`s most outstanding collections of ceremonial weapons and costumes. With the aid of over 1,300 display objects from throughout Europe and the Orient, the visitor will be transported into the realm of court festivities, chivalric tournaments and princely hunts. Objects from cabinets of curiosity, splendid weapons, impressive jousting and tilting equipment, tournament depictions and princely portraits of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries provide insight into the culture of the early modern electoral court and bear comprehensive testimony to the elaborate festivities celebrated at the royal residense of Dresden.

The Rüstkammer is presently still located in the eastern hall of the Semperbau at the Dresden Zwinger. Following the completion of the Residenzschloss, this collection will return to its place of origin, where it will receive visitors in sumptuously furnished halls on the first and second upper floors of the palace.

Semperbau, Zwinger, Opening hours: 10am to 6pm, closed Mondays Admission: 3 Euro, reduced fee 2 Euro (Dresden City Card)

 Porzellansammlung

The Porzellansammlung (Porcelain Collection) is one of the world`s most important and largest collections, comprisng some 20,000 individual objects. It owes its existence to August the Strong, who once referred to his passion for this material – a substance as fragile as it is precious – as a “maladie de porcelaine”. Chinese and Japanese works appear alongside a great wealth of Meissen porcelain: The development from the invention of the latter in 1708 to the late eighteenth century can be retraced here in works of the highest quality. With the opening of a further  gallery in 2006, the splendid presentation of the Porzellansammlung in the Zwinger will be on view in its entirety.

 Zwinger: Entrance at the Glockenspielpavillon

Opening hours 10am to 6pm, closed Mondays Admission: 5 Euro, reduced fee 3 Euro (Dresden City Card

 Mathematisch- Physikalischer Salon

The Mathematisch- Physikalischer Salon houses a world – famous collection of historic timepieces and scientfic instruments. The museum has been located in the Dresden Zwinger since its founding in the year 1728. Visitors will admire diverse terrestial and celestial globes and be fascinated by optical, astronomical and surveying instruments dating back to the sixteenth century. The objects in the Salon present a survey of the history of early precision instruments. They are also works of art whose high degree of sophistication reflects the princely collection from which they stem. An audio guide serves to explain their construction and function (available in English beginning December 2005)

Zwinger: Entrance in the Zwinger courtyard Opening hours: 10am to 6pm, closed Mondays Admission: 3 Euro, reduced fee 2 Euro (included in Dresden City Card)

 Galerie Neue Meister 

 With its wide spectrum of works from the early nineteenth century to the present, the Galerie Neue Meister (New Masters Gallery) is a major museum of the modern art. Its greatest attraction is its outstanding collection of paintings of the German Romantic movement, including major works by Caspar David Friedrich.

The gallery also possesses a large inventory of works by important French and German Impressionists. The Expressionists are represented as well,primarily with pictures by the Dresden artists association known as the “Brücke”. In addition to paintings of the Classical Modern period, works by Otto Dix, the members of the New Objectivity movement and artists of the post-war period are also on display. When it comes to contemporary art, one of the gallery`s chief focuses is the work of the world-famous artist Gerhard Richter.

Albertinum, Brühlische  Terrasse Opening hours: 10am to 6pm, closed Tuesdays Admission: 5 Euro, reduced fee 2.50 Euro (Dresden City Card)

 Skulpturen- Sammlung

 The Skulpturensammlung (Sculpture Collection) comprise sculptures of more than five millennia- from the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean region through all epochs of European sculpture to the present. At the core is the collection of antiquities with sculptures such as the torso of a youthful athlete after Polykleitos,as well as vases, bronzes and terracottas. During the three-year period of construction work on the Albertinum, selected works will be presented in the Dresden Zwinger. In the setting created by this Baroque symbiosis of architecture and sculpture, visitors will gain insight into the role played by August the Strong as a patron and collector of sculpture. Major works by Permoser and Heermann, example from the collection of antiquieties, bronzes of the Renaissance and work of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries will highlight such fascinating aspects as the inspirations derived from antiquity and the contrast between graceful charm and nature unleashed.

 Zwinger: Entrance in the Zwinger courtyard, ground floor of the Französischer Pavillon (French Pavillion), gateway to the Nymphenbad (Nymphs`Bath) Opening hours from February 24th 2006: 10am- 6pm, closed Mondays Admission: 5 Euro, reduced fee 2.50 Euro (Dresden City Card)

 Kunstgewerbe- Museum

The Dresden Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts) is located in Schloss Pillnitz (Pillnitz Palace), the summer residence of the Saxon dynasty, idyllically nestled between the Elbe River and hillside vineyards. In a Baroque setting, the exhibition presents virtuoso craftwork of the Dresden court,comprising works as diverse as the multifunctional travel furniture from the electoral Art Chamber, splendid glasses from the court wine cellers and the silver furniture and gold- embroidered wall coverings from the Parade Room of the Dresden Residenzschloss. Further highlights take visitors through the history of international crafts, exemplified by French furniture and bronzes, Italian majolica, precious embroideries, damasks and laces of Europe and the Orient and more. The substantial section devoted to “Dresden art nouveau” offers insight into the cradle of modernity and forms the link to the presentation of contemporary design tendencies.

Schloss Pillnitz Opening hours: May to October, 10am to 6pm daily, Bergpalais: closed Mondays; Wasserpalais: closed Tuesdays Admission: 3 Euro, reduced fee: 2 Euro (Admission Fee is already included in Dresden City Card)

Museum für Sächsische Volkskunst mit Puppentheatersammlung

Enchanting carvings and candle pyramids from the Erzgebirge region south of Dresden, printed linen from Lusatia, the splendid traditional costumes of the Sorbs and superb laces from Vogtland; painted furniture, richly decorated ceramics and an unusually diverse collection of historic toys. The museum offers all of these for the edification and enjoyment of young and old alike and is a unique presentation of the rich folk art of Saxony, displayed within the charming setting of the Jägerhof. The Museum für Sächsische Volkskunst (Saxon Folk Art Museum) gained a major new attraction in 2005. The Dresden Puppentheatersammlung (Puppet Theatre Collection), one of the largest and most important of its kind in the world, presents the poetic, dramatic, magical and humorous world of historic puppetry on the upper floor.

Jägerhof Opening hours: 10am to 6pm, closed Mondays Admission: 3Euro, reduced fee 2 Euro (Dresden City Card)

 

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